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USD Community Update (May 15, 2020)

May 15, 2020 | Community Update 


Dear Union School District Community,

I’m not sure if you’re experiencing the same unique phenomenon, but the concept of time is something that has become very fluid with me. Our last physical day together, March 13, seems like forever ago. And yet, it seems like these past eight weeks of at-home learning have passed by in the blink of an eye. The end of the school year is rapidly approaching and I wanted to update you on some areas of interest.

Concluding the 2019-2020 School Year

Each of our school principals is sending weekly updates to our staff and community regarding such things as promotion ceremonies and collecting student items that were left at school. Please contact your principal should you have questions.

Your Opinion Matters

School principals also continue to send surveys to solicit your input on the successes and the challenges of our current program. Your thoughts are needed. Please be sure to provide your feedback on these surveys.

Our principals will also be sending surveys to students, parents, and staff about your thoughts regarding reopening school campuses. Your responses to the surveys are valued and appreciated. It is critical that we hear from you. You should be receiving your survey by May 15. We hope to hear back from you by May 22.

2020-2021 School Year

Twice a week, I am on conference calls with officials from our public health department and our neighboring superintendents in Santa Clara County (there are 31 school districts in our county.) As of this writing, we do not yet have a definitive answer as to what next year will look like. If health restrictions limit the ability for us to open fully, the scenarios discussed at a county level include continuing with online learning or having a modified school schedule where students attend school for part of a day or part of a week. The scenario involving bringing students on campus on a modified schedule is something that would only happen if authorized by our local public health and government officials. We will be taking the last few weeks of school and the summer months to prepare for different scenarios. 

While it is too soon for me to provide you with an answer as to what next school year will look like, I definitely want to continue to hear from our community. So, please answer the survey from your principal or contact me directly at colemand@unionsd.org. I will continue to provide updates as new information becomes available.


Denise Coleman